AS2 Supersonic Business Jet

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The world is rapidly increasing with technology, people across the globe are inventing and creating new products that are revolutionary. From day to day items to sky transportation, they are changing the way we live. On the topic of transportation we will go back to the 1960’s where a airplane company named Concordes first began a project to construct a Supersonic Jet. But due to high costs and unsuitability they were shut down and their prototypes were condemned to museums as the first attempt at supersonic travel. But as technology has improved multiple airlines have driven back into the plans of creating supersonic travel possible.

“Fast forward to today and supersonic travel could once again become a reality with a batch of new passenger-carrying aircraft currently in the later stages of development. In February 2019, Nevada-based Aerion took a step closer to seeing its supersonic AS2 aircraft certified by teaming up with Boeing. The AS2 is a sleek business jet which will cruise at Mach 1.4, or 1,000mph, and bring routes like London to New York, Dubai or Beijing closer by hours. Ambitiously, it’s being designed to run completely on bio fuels. Boeing’s provision of engineering, manufacturing and flight test resources should see it fly in 2023. The AS2 is aimed at business travelers, with a 12-passenger capacity suited to capturing the biz jet market” (CNN Supersonic Travel).

This Aerion interest on designing, creating and using the first Supersonic passenger plane spiked more concern to other businesses around the world. From this concern, “Boston-based Spike Aerospace is developing the Spike S-512 supersonic business jet, which could hold up to 18 passengers. Meanwhile, another aircraft in development is planning to bring back commercial travel by supersonic airliner. The Boom Supersonic is a sleek 55-seat jet with delta wings reminiscent of early Concorde designs. It’s already attracted 76 pre-orders and a $10 million investment by Japan Airlines” (CNN Supersonic Travel).

One of the main problems when creating a new plane with this performance is fuel and prices. “The AS2 is already on track to meet subsonic noise requirements as well as emissions standards and Aerion chief executive Tom Vice says it’ll be the launch point for the future of regulatory-compliant and efficient supersonic flight. Aerion has also announced plans to run the AS2 on synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) bio-fuel, which it says could reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 40%. Meanwhile, forecasts say the Boom aircraft’s sonic discharges will be around 30 times quieter than Concorde’s, and that not only would it be more fuel-efficient, but fares would be 75% lower too” (CNN Supersonic Travel).

The world of transportation is changing  rapidly right before our eyes and now all that is left to do is wait and see the finished products of the soon-to-come Supersonic Jets.

 

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